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2015 Allstate Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Good Works Teams

WBCA Good Works Team On-Court Recognition in Tampa at the 2015 NCAA Women's Final Four Connecticut vs Maryland (Photo courtesy of Allstate)

WBCA Good Works Team On-Court Recognition in Tampa at the 2015 NCAA Women’s Final Four Connecticut vs Maryland (Photo courtesy of Allstate)

The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Allstate Insurance Company recently announced the 10 student-athletes named to the 2015 Allstate WBCA Good Works Teams®. For the third year, this prestigious award pays tribute to female college basketball players at all levels for their impressive commitment to giving back to their communities and positively impacting the lives of those around them.

Distinguished voting panels comprised of former coaches, college basketball legends and media members narrowed down the outstanding submissions to the final two teams. WNBA basketball star and University of Tennessee legend Tamika Catchings was a part of that voting panel for the WBCA Good Works Teams®. She was very excited to be involved with the Good Works team because of “what these women represent and the passion that they bring to their respective communities.”

“I love making a difference in other peoples lives, and can hear the passion through these young ladies as they make a difference as well,” said Catchings.

Catchings believes that it is important to recognize the work of these athletes in the communities they serve because of the negative attention that is so often brought to the sport.

“So often we choose to look at and report on the negative things that our athletes do, but the Allstate WBCA Good Works team allows us to highlight all of the wonderful things these ladies are doing to change lives.”

Shanteona Tamika Katie Megan Lea Bria (Photo courtesy of Allstate)

Shanteona Tamika Katie Megan Lea Bria (Photo courtesy of Allstate)

Catchings has used her own platform for social good. She is the founder of Catch the Stars which is currently celebrating 10 years of service. She stumbled upon her passion for helping children when an injury kept her from having longevity in her career as a professional basketball player. While she was playing with the Indiana Fever, she began working more with the team’s community relations sector. Later, Catchings and her sister began a basketball camp which continued to grow in the Indianapolis area. Catch the Stars was formed as a foundation in 2004 and they currently focus on boys and girls ages 7-16 in providing goal setting programs focusing on Fitness, Literacy and Mentoring.

“The platform that I have through being a professional athlete has allowed me to impact more people not only here close to where I live, but across the globe. I feel like because I live my life as an athlete and work hard on the court, I’m able to use the same things that I’ve learned on the court, off the court in improving the communities around us.”

That same “on the court, off the court” mentality in community service seems to be the same of these 10 special women named to the 2015 WBCA Good Works team making a difference:

NCAA Division I

Name

Cl.

Pos.

School

Hometown

Kyndal Clark

Sr.

Guard 

Drake University

Webb City, Mo.

Alex Cohen 

Sr.

Forward/Ctr

Northwestern University

Bayside, Wis.

Bria Goss

Sr.

Guard

University of Kentucky

Indianapolis, Ind.

Stephanie Leon

Sr.

Center

University of Delaware

Northport, N.Y.

Devon Roeper

Soph.

Forward

Columbia University

San Diego, Calif.

NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA

Name

Cl.

Pos.

School

Hometown

Kathryn Clark

Jr.

Guard

Johns Hopkins University

Murrieta, Calif.

Jasmine DeBerry

Sr.

Guard

Wingate University

Charlotte, N.C.

Megan Whittaker

Sr.

Guard

Loyola University New Orleans

Cumming, Ga.

Shanteona Keys

Sr.

Guard/Fwd

Georgia College & State University

Roswell, Ga.

Lea Sobieraski

Sr.

Forward

State University of New York at Geneseo

Lockport, N.Y.

 

These young women brought their passion for volunteerism to Tampa during a special visit to Moffitt Cancer Center as part of the third annual Allstate WBCA Good Works Day. In partnership with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund®, Catchings joined the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® members to assemble and distribute TLC backpacks to patients and families and participated in a special art project with the Arts In Medicine Program. The team also distributed autographed basketballs to Moffitt patients.

The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) also participates in this event, honoring 10 male student athletes. The Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® are each comprised of 10 student-athletes; five from NCAA® Division I and five from NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA. Nominations were submitted by sports information directors and coaches at colleges and universities across the country, and a record total of 158 nominees from the NABC and 93 nominees from the WBCA were announced in early December 2014.

J DeBerry

Jasmine DeBerry (Photo courtesy of Allstate)

Group Signing

Good Works Team autographing basketballs. (Photo courtesy of Allstate)

Group and Moffitt

Good Works Team with H. Lee Moffitt (Photo courtesy of Allstate)

Group Check

The group presenting the check to the Moffit Cancer Center (Photo courtesy of Allstate)

Bria Goos, Katie Clark, Lea Sobieraski, Megan Whittaken, Shanteona Keys, and Tamika Catchings (Photo courtesy of Allstate)

Alex Cohen

Alex Cohen (Photo courtesy of Allstate)

 

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